GDD™ Morning Update: Gesaffelstein, Disclosure, French Express, YouTube

• Rejoice, Gesaffelstein‘s debut album is finally here
Disclosure unveil brand new track, ‘Apollo’
French Express announce North American tour
YouTube Close to Launching Subscription Music Service (Breaking)


Rejoice, Gesaffelstein’s debut album is finally here

Excellent news, everyone: today, international man of mystery Gesaffelstein dropped his debut album Aleph. The first LP from the Gallic techno gun is up for streaming now and we would highly recommend getting stuck in below.
As fans of the auteur will tell you, the album’s been a long time coming. Over the past few years, Gesaff’ has delivered a string of excellent EPs, with tracks like Control Movement, Depravity, Viol and his Lana Del Rey remix for Blue Jeans working their way into DJ sets around the world. The Frenchie announced the album was on its way in June when he dropped the tour-de-force clip for the first single Pursuit, following that up with another high-production video for Hate or Glory.

Thankfully, we’re only a few months out from seeing the album in live mode. Gesaffelstein will be bringing his brand new, as-yet unpreviewed live show our way in March as part of the blockbuster Future Music Festival line-up, with his Bromance offsider Brodinski coming along too. As for what he wanted to do with Aleph? “The main idea of the album was to translate different styles with just one sound,” he told Mixmag last week. “It was really hard to do that. It’s exactly the same when you see a guy – he’s one guy but he can have several different emotions. That’s the best way to explain it.”

(via inthemix)


Disclosure unveil brand new track, ‘Apollo’

After that whole kerfuffle over whether their most recent video glamourised drug use or not, Disclosure have wiped the slate clean with their first bit of new music in a while.

No doubt the Lawrence brothers have their thoughts fixed on this Wednesday’s Mercury Music Prize, where they’re in with a very decent chance of being the first out-and-out dance act to win the award since Roni Size in 1997. It’s hard to say whether non-Settletrack ‘Apollo’ is a last-minute bit of lobbying or an attempt to draw attention away from all the awards hubbub, but either way, it’s here.

Despite its title, ‘Apollo’ isn’t a nod back to the woozy ambient techno peddled by the R&S imprint of the same name throughout the 1990s. Rather, it’s a brisk house track, somewhat greyscale compared to Settle‘s full-colour charms. Click below to listen; alternatively, peep our full (and not exactly deferential) analysis of the Mercury shortlist.

(via FACT Mag)


French Express announce North American tour

French Express are set to embark on their first headline North American tour at the end of this month.

The label consists of Perseus, Jonas Rathsman (pictured), Moon Boots and Isaac Tichauer, and all four of them will be hitting up Los Angeles, Chicago and New York and more locations through the course of their tour.

Jonas Rathman broke through with his excellent ‘Bringing You Down’, and also joined Perseus to curate an Essential Mix for Pete Tong’s Future Stars of 2013 section.

For the remainder of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, expect a hefty dose of fresh releases from the artists on the label which they’re sure to be playing out while on tour.

Check the full tour date schedule below.

30/10/13 – Boiler Room, Los Angeles, CA
31/10/13 – Lure Patio, Los Angeles, CA
1/11/13 – Mighty, San Francisco, CA
2/11/13 – Electric Owl, Vancouver, BC
3/11/13 – Re-bar, Seattle, WA
5/11/13 – El Dorado, San Diego, CA
6/11/13 – Output, Brooklyn, NY
7/11/13 – Primary, Chicago, IL
8/11/13 – Lima Lounge, Washington, DC
9/11/13 – Space Techno Loft, Miami, FL

(via Mixmag)


YouTube Close to Launching Subscription Music Service (Breaking)

YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service — akin to a Spotify, but with video — to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans.

The service, designed with mobile listening in mind, will have a free component and a premium tier that offers unlimited access to a full catalog of tracks similar to what’s already available via YouTube’s parent company, Google Inc., via its All Access subscription music service. Premium features would include the ability to cache music for offline listening and removing ads.

The free tier is likely to be unlimited, on-demand access to full tracks on all platforms, including mobile, said several people who have been briefed on the proposed service. In that sense, the paid tier is more of a “soft sell” as YouTube’s primary goal is to continue to amass ears and eyes to its mobile platform to sell ads.

But having a paid tier, with all the required licenses for a premium on-demand product, gives YouTube more flexibility in packaging and selling music with fewer restrictions on what it can do with the music, multiple sources pointed out. In addition, there are strategic reasons for developing a premium music video service that could be paired up with other Google products in the future, including Google Glass.

YouTube declined to comment on its plans.

“We’re always working on new and better ways for people to enjoy YouTube content across all screens, and on giving partners more opportunities to reach their fans,” YouTube said in a statement. “However, we have nothing to announce at this time.”

While the timing of the service’s launch has not been determined, YouTube has said it is hoping to release a product this year. If it succeeds, YouTube could come out ahead of Beats Music, which is supposed to launch later this year, but could be delayed until early next year, according to several people knowledgeable with Beats.

YouTube, through its parent company Google, already secured most of the licenses it needs to launch a music service earlier this year, beginning with Warner Music Group in March, followed by Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group. The licenses obtained were for both Google’s All Access service, which launched in May, and for a YouTube music service. 

Many younger listeners already use YouTube as a free, on-demand jukebox — searching for, and finding, official music videos of major releases. The challenge for YouTube has been to create a service that would be better than what it currently offers its audience in order to justify a monthly fee of around $10.

One big added feature could be the ability to stream full albums. Currently, not all songs in an album are available on YouTube because artists generally select one or two tracks from any single album to feature in a music video. A second potential premium feature would be offline cacheing of songs and videos so users can listen on their mobile devices even when they’re not connected or when they’re trying to save on bandwidth costs or battery consumption. Finally, the removal of ads would almost certainly be a feature in the premium offering, sources said.

The introduction of a premium music tier is likely to coincide with a larger redesign of the YouTube mobile app that would give users a simple, clean interface in which to listen to music, create custom playlists and watch videos at the same time.

(via Billboard)